Digital printing vs offset

The criteria for deciding whether a job is more cost effective being produced on a digital printer vs. an offset press is changing as the quality, cost and speed of digital printers continue to improve. When I first started producing digital prints years ago, job quality was marginal and price limited the size of the jobs to about 1,000 double-sided sheets to be competitive with the price of offset printing. As technology improved in the last five years, the cost, speed and quality have advanced to the point where we have increased our maximum job size to 3-4 thousand double sided sheets and still be price competitive with offset printing rates. Digital printing is becoming cost and quality effective and reduces the turn around time for jobs of this size. As we move into the future the offset presses will still be necessary but they will be used for larger jobs that demand complexity and the highest print quality. Honestly, offset printing may have it’s place, but I feel (with the rate of advancement) the future is bright with digital.



A big idea makes a big difference

Check out this novel idea from Starbucks. While not all of us may like coffee (I’m an OJ guy), everyone has got to appreciate a little “love” now and then. Starbucks doled out some love when they invited musicians from all over the world to sing together at the same time to raise awareness for AIDS in Africa and donated money towards the cause. We hope 2010 ushers in a new year of big ideas that makes a difference for you, your business and your community. We’re looking forward to working with you as we launch our new products soon (stay tuned)!


Course packs & Custom publishing

Course packs & Custom publishing

We operate on eight campuses and publish and produce 500 titles a year at Rice, the University of Houston, UH Law Center, University of Houston-Downtown and throughout the Houston Community College System. We have full-service production capabilities, clear copyrights in-house and pay royalties.

Click here to learn more about Course Packets, Custom Published Text, and/or WebNotes.

-Roddy Chambless

Getting yourself out of that jam

Copiers, they jam.  It’s a fact of life. However, there a few steps you can take to lessen the likelihood of a jam occurring.

  • Always be sure to remove any paperclips or staples from the papers to be copied.
  • The better the condition of your originals, the less likely they will be to get jammed in the document feeder.
  • Make sure the paper in the paper tray is stacked properly. This helps ensure a smooth trip through the machine’s paper path.
  • Always be sure to use the correct size paper. Some paper trays have a designated size and trying to use a different size will result in jams.

Unfortunately, as stated above, the machine will still jam from time to time. However, this is no reason to panic. Most machines will have a diagram on the LCD panel that can help you locate and clear the jam.

There is also a card located on the inside of the front panel that has diagrams for all possible jams. As shown here, it has a diagram of the machine itself and also the locations marked for each letter and number combination.

The sections that are moved, turned, pulled, etc. to clear the jam are usually designated by a color that is different from the rest of the machine. Here, a light blue is used to show the various knobs, levers, etc.

Good luck, or call us if you need any help: 713-718-5885.

Melissa Turpin

HCC: It’s a season to give thanks

Our client, Houston Community College, is grateful for the impact their alumni, donors, and friends have had throughout the last year. Like us, they can’t wait to share their bright future with all as they look ahead to the New Year.

Click here to watch their short holiday greeting from the HCC Foundation and the HCC Alumni Association.

It’s snowing in Houston!

We were blessed with a dusting of snow last week. Our favorite things about snow have always been making copiermen (copiers shaped like snowmen), building snow forts (a fluffy white model of each campus that we operate on), and printing large posters of our customers having snowball fights. Since snow occurences in Houston are few and far between, and many of us don’t get a chance to experience the fluffy white stuff often, we’ve brought snow to our blog. Enjoy it till Jan 4th! (That’s when the code expires)

Happy Holidays

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season. May you have health, joy and prosperity in the New Year. We thank you for your business and for letting us be part of your success.

All the best to you, your family, and your organization.

Your University Copy Center Team